Julie A. Ask

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving eBusiness & Channel Strategy PROFESSIONALS

Julie serves eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals. Julie's 25 years of work experience is balanced between the engineering and management consulting work she did in the first half of her career and her work as an analyst for the past 12 years. The combination of technical and business expertise positions prepared her well to work with business leaders to identify new opportunities offered by mobile technology and to develop strategies to engage with consumers on mobile devices. She has worked with hundreds of clients across retail, travel, banking, insurance, CPG, healthcare, retail, and more to advise and guide the development of their mobile strategies.

Julie's research and analysis have been widely cited in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, BusinessWeek, RCR Wireless, and The Onion and on CBS, NBC, and PBS.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to becoming an analyst, Julie worked at a contextual services mobile startup in San Francisco and prior to that at Booz Allen & Hamilton.

Education

Julie holds a B.S.E.E. and a Master of Science in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

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  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Aetna Acquires Bswift To Address The Retailization Of Health Insurance

    Health Insurers Must Increase Focus On The Entire Customer Life Cycle

    On November 3, 2014, Aetna announced the acquisition of bswift for approximately $400 million. Bswift is one of the most prominent standalone healthcare exchange technology platforms yet to be...

    • Downloads: 99
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:How To Organize For Digital Financial Innovation

    Find The Right Organizational Structure To Spark Innovation In Digital Financial Services

    Digital disruption is hitting retail financial services as ambitious financial upstarts flood the market, aiming to delight your customers with superior digital experiences. Leading firms are...

    • Downloads: 260
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    Report:Quick Take: Fire Phone Fails; Amazon Doesn't

    Insights, Not Sales, Will Define Amazon's Success

    On June 18, 2014, Amazon announced the launch of a smartphone, named the Fire Phone, with unique hardware and services designed to enhance its core businesses: retail and a digital platform....

    • Downloads: 167
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    Report:Digital Financial Innovation Requires Matchmaking

    Partner To Generate And Execute Ideas Faster

    To develop and deliver digital innovations, eBusiness and channel strategy executives at financial firms need ideas, data, technology, software development skills, design experience, and change...

    • Downloads: 171
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    Report:The Evolution Of Global eCommerce Markets

    Vision: The eCommerce Globalization Playbook

    Global eCommerce is evolving — rapidly. Consumers around the globe are migrating online, with shopping increasingly becoming a key part of the online experience. Countries vary greatly in their...

    • Downloads: 2140
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    Report:Retail eCommerce In Brazil: Marketing And Site Features

    A Look At The Most Effective Customer Acquisition Tactics And Most Popular Site Features

    The Retail eCommerce In Brazil series summarizes the results of a survey that Forrester Research conducted together with E-Commerce Brasil in August and September 2014. In this survey, respondents...

    • Downloads: 141
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Brief: Western European Online Cross-Border Retail Sales Forecast, 2013 To 2018

    European Online Cross-Border Sales Will Reach €40 Billion By 2018

    Cross-border online sales are on the rise in Europe, with Forrester forecasting that they will grow by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11% over the next five years. Cross-border sales...

    • Downloads: 37
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    Report:Brief: Digital Tools Improve Diabetes Cost Scenarios

    Health Plans Struggle To Adopt Next Generation Care Models

    New connected health tools empower diabetic members to better manage their conditions even outside the clinical setting. The results are improved health for the members and significantly reduced...

    • Downloads: 41
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    Report:Predictions 2015: Prepare For More Global eCommerce Players To Spread Their Wings

    10 Trends That Will Shape Global Online Retail

    The next year will see global eBusiness executives continuing to expand their international footprints. Some will set their sights exclusively on the relatively mature online retail markets of North...

    • Downloads: 276
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    Report:Predictions 2015: Most Firms Will Underinvest In Mobile eBusiness

    Predictions: The Mobile eBusiness Playbook

    In 2015, pioneers who have made the mobile mind shift will accelerate spending to create an insurmountable gap between themselves — the industry leaders — and the laggards who view mobile...

    • Downloads: 224
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Use WeChat To Facilitate Cross-Channel Sales And Customer Engagement

    WeChat Is More Than Just A Social Messaging Platform

    WeChat is the world's largest instant messaging (IM) application, with 468 million monthly active users in 200 countries. As such, it's one of the most important international mobile messaging...

    • Downloads: 129
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    Report:Retool Your Operations To Enable Store Fulfillment

    Shipping Products From Stores Drives Incremental Revenue But With Added Complexity

    Store fulfillment programs have propelled omnichannel integration efforts to be center stage for eBusinesses. Retailers are no longer debating the benefits of store fulfillment — instead, the...

    • Downloads: 304
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    Report:2015 US Small Business Insurance Digital Sales Functionality Benchmark

    The Hartford Leads Our First Review Of US Small Business Insurer Digital Sales Functionality

    The US economy is booming, and so is small business growth. And as businesses grow, so does their need for business insurance. How effective are small business insurance websites when it comes to...

    • Downloads: 122
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2014 Canadian Online Banking Functionality Benchmark

    CIBC Leads With A Redesigned Home Page And New Features, But All Of The Big Five Banks Offer Extensive Secure Site Functionality

    Despite the growth of mobile and tablet banking over the past few years, online banking continues to be widely used in Canada, with over three-quarters of Canadian online adults using online banking...

    • Downloads: 179
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Trends 2015: North American Digital Banking

    eBusiness Execs Must Help Their Firms Uncover The Digital Opportunity

    Better economic conditions and an easing of the regulatory onslaught faced in the past few years means that US and Canadian banks are once again prioritizing top-line growth in 2015. Less focus on...

    • Downloads: 380
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    Report:Use Analytics To Build Mobile Advantage

    Performance Management: The Mobile eBusiness Playbook

    Consumer expectations have shifted. As a result of their perpetual mobile connections, consumers have experienced what Forrester calls a mobile mind shift: the expectation that they can get relevant...

    • Downloads: 655
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    Report:Mobile Moments Transform Commerce And Service Experiences

    Strategic Plan: The Mobile eBusiness Playbook

    Your customer is experiencing a mobile mind shift: the expectation that she can get what she wants in her immediate context and moments of need. As a result, mobile is central to customer experience...

    • Downloads: 266
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    Report:Trends 2015: Australian And New Zealand Digital Banking

    Digital Technologies Will Be Crucial To Driving Growth And Innovation

    The strong focus on growing revenue, combined with digital disruption, tougher competition, a shake-up in payments, and increasing consumer expectations, means that digital banking teams in Australia...

    • Downloads: 160
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    Report:Website Functionality Benchmark 2014: European Online Apparel Retailers

    The online apparel retail market is highly competitive across all regions. To assess whether European online-only apparel retailers have the features and functionality to compete, Forrester evaluated...

    • Downloads: 144
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    Report:Disrupting Finance: P2P Currency Exchange

    Startups Offer A Cheaper Way To Transfer Money Abroad

    Peer-to-peer (P2P) currency exchange platforms like CurrencyFair, TransferWise, and Walutomat.pl match customers with one another to facilitate currency exchanges. These startups offer better...

    • Downloads: 122
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:How Ready Is Your Commerce Platform For Responsive Web?

    An Analysis Of The Leading Commerce Suite Vendors' Responsive Web Maturity

    Delivering optimized commerce experiences across an increasingly diverse landscape of mobile, tablet, and desktop browsers is now an imperative for eBusiness teams. Responsive web design (RWD) has...

    • Downloads: 155
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    Report:How To Make Insurance Brands Relevant Again

    Use Digital Touchpoints To Shift From Compensation To Prevention

    Insurance has become commoditized. Personal lines customers especially shop around and are easily lost to a lower price. Insurers have been searching for ways to revamp their brands and to...

    • Downloads: 332
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The State Of Retailing Online: Key Metrics And Initiatives 2014

    This State Of Retailing Online report comprises the results from the annual survey that Forrester Research conducts in partnership with Shop.org. In this survey, online executives at retail companies...

    • Downloads: 1066
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    Report:Predictions 2015: Digital Business Transformation Will Gain Critical Mass

    No one really doubts the importance of digital to today's businesses. While senior executives may argue over priorities — open more stores or build a better website? — few can deny the...

    • Downloads: 392
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    Report:The Mobile Banking Metrics That Matter

    Performance Management: The Mobile Banking Strategy Playbook

    To achieve key business goals — such as boosting mobile banking use, improving mobile experiences, and increasing sales — eBusiness and channel strategy executives at banks need to put...

    • Downloads: 1046